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Donofrio Classic Semifinals and Finals
Tuesday, 17 April 2007

By Brian Crownover
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2007 Donofrio Champs
Scores:
 
Semifinals:
Positive Image I (88) - Hunting Park (86)
Hunting Park (95) - Waterview Phoenix (90)
 
Final:
Positive Image I (91) - Just Clean It! (87) 

The premier spring tournament in Philadelphia concluded on Tuesday evening.  Positive Image I took the crown over suprise finalist Just Clean It!  The balanced attack of Kashief Edwards, Brian Wanamaker and Bradley Wanamaker, carried Positive Image I throughout the tournament.  All three were named to the all tournament team (along with Courtney Stanley) with Kashief Edwards taking home MVP honors.  Just Clean It! was lead by super sophomore Lamar Patterson who also took home an MVP trophy.  Here is how the players faired in their semifinal and final matchups.

Positive Image I

Kashief Edwards (2007, 6-6 PF) Committed to Niagara
Semifinal:
Kashief was productive yet again. He had a great all around game. The athletic forward was fabulous in transition, throwing down a number of monster jams. He hit on a tough short fade away jumper in this contest. Kashief also passed to the tune of 4 assists. It was just another typical night here as he finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. 


Final:
Kashief was quietly putting together a solid game. Late in the contest though, he stepped his game up and erupted with several key lay-ups and dunks to go along with some big rebounds. Niagara picked up one of the best players here last year in Tyrone Lewis and they have another fantastic player on the way in Kashief. He was rewarded as the tournament MVP after 21 points and 12 rebounds in the championship game. Niagara fans will sure enjoy having another high riser from Philly next year.

Brian Wanamaker (2007, 6-2 SG) Committed to Central Connecticut State
Semifinal:
Brian was already having a solid tournament, but after wrapping up his commitment to Central Connecticut State this week, he seemed to be a man on a mission. He was very aggressive going at the basket. He finished well at times, but at other times he did tend to force the issue. Brian also had a very impressive athletic block in this contest to go along with 10 steals. He found himself on the line in key situations late in the game and was inconsistent. He scored 16 points and added 8 rebounds on the evening.


Final:
Brian was very aggressive early on and that mentality continued throughout. Because he was in attack mode, he drew a number of fouls as well as finishing in transition. He seems to like to drive left a lot. Brian displayed a great all around game when he buried a couple threes, another deep pull up jumper and found his brother for a lay-up late in the contest. He also hit 2 key free throws to help ice the game for Positive Image. Brian had a fantastic tournament and probably outplayed his more highly touted brother throughout. He finished with 25 points and 6 assists.

Bradley Wanamaker (2007, 6-3 175 SG/SF) Committed to Pittsburgh
Semifinal:
Brad has an impact every time he plays. One of his biggest questions marks moving forward is his jumper. In this contest, he hit a couple threes and had a pull mid range jumper to go along with it. Brad is always on the attack and this game was no exception. He finished well at times, but also had some trouble scoring around Markieff and Marcus more on the interior. He matched his brotherís semifinal effort with 16 points and 8 rebounds.


Final:
There really not much more that can be said about Brad. He was attacking and scoring as always. He hit two very tough pull up mid range jumpers in this contest. Perhaps his best play was a blocked shot in which he was actually backpedaling and falling away from the basketball. Bradís final tally was 21 points and 4 assists.

Just Clean It!

Jordan Burdine (2008, 6-1 SG)
Semifinal:
Jordan continued his hot shooting in this game. He knocked down 4 threes en route to 23 points. He also had a few nice drives and dishes to teammates. He isnít going to consistently beat his man of the dribble, but heís still effective as a ball handler. Jordan is good enough to play either guard spot, although right now he may be best suited as a shooting guard.


Final:
Just when it looked like Jordan might have an off night, he scored 8 straight points to close the gap on Positive Image. He managed to add 3 more three pointers in this game. He also scored on a nice old fashioned three point play in this contest. Jordan dribbles the ball and bit high and if he tightens up his ball handling heíll become a much better all around player. He finished with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists to close out a stellar tournament. He was selected to the all tournament team. 

Lamar Patterson (2009, 6-3 SG)
Semifinal:
Lamar has put together a nice tournament with consistent play game after game. In this contest, he scored after driving and making a nice adjustment in traffic. He also displayed his ability to knock down the three point shot. Lamar may have hit his best shot of the tournament in this game as he buried a pull up mid range jumper right off a crossover move that froze the defender. Lamar finished with 17 points.


Final:
Lamar had another outstanding all around game. He hit a nice fade away jumper and added in 3 three pointers, including one of the pull up variety. The strength of his game is his ability to hit that pull up jumper from anywhere. He has a quick release, a smooth stroke and good size, making that shot difficult to defend. Lamar passed well in this contest and also hit the boards. He did struggle at the line going 1-6. Lamar finished with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and even 3 blocks. The sophomore was MVP for the runner up team.

Aaric Murray (2009, 6-9 C)

Semifinal:
This big man has provided study production throughout the tournament. He started off with a nice lay in and later on a dunk. Aaric added in a couple of blocks and quite a few rebounds. He played a lot tougher and more physical in this game than he has in other games in this tournament. He failed to pull down a huge rebound late because he wasnít aggressive enough. Luckily it didnít cost his team. 


Final:
Aaric had his usual impact in this contest. He had a nice lay in early. He blocked several shots once again. He doesnít elevate a lot, but has great timing and a good understand of how to block shots. Although he didnít have a big offensive game, he had a couple impressive sequences. Aaric had an excellent spin move into a drop step and bank shot off the glass. During one other segment he reached down near his feet for a loose ball, made a nice pass to a teammate and followed up the teammateís miss with a lay in. Aaric had another good game on the boards, although he probably could do even more damage there. He tends to let the ball come to him to often rather than rebounding aggressively. Some more aggressive on both ends of the court could help him that much more. Aaric was also in foul trouble in this game and eventually fouled out. Even so, he finished with 8 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks on his way to all tournament honors.

Hunting Park

Marcus Morris (2007, 6-8 195 SF/PF) Committed to Memphis
The ďwingĒ twin was very active on the interior early as he put back a number of offensive rebounds. He then stepped outside and buried a three. He also had several nice drives. One thing both twins need to do better is use their bodies to protect the ball when the go up for a layup. They are fine around the rim, but often get stripped down low before bringing the ball up to shoot. Marcus did everything well in this game as he finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. He was named to the all tournament team. 

Markieff Morris (2007, 6-8 210 PF) Committed to Memphis
The other twin wasnít too bad either. He also flirted with a triple double. Markieff opened with a beautiful spin move in the paint. As always, he was active on the boards at both ends of the court. He scored a number of baskets off the dribble in the half court set as well as in transition. He also blocked a ton of shots. Markieff displayed his passing skills on a few occasions as well as he setup his brother for a lay-up or dunk. Markieff had 35 points, 19 rebounds, 8 blocks and 3 steals for Hunting Park. He joined his brother as the 2nd set of twins on the all tournament team (Brian and Brad Wanamaker). 

Waterview Phoenix

Andrew Randall (2008, 6-5 SF/PF)
Andrew started off slowly in this tournament, but kept gaining momentum and was playing his best by the end. The very smooth wing player hit a beautiful pull up three pointer and knocked down a tough deep turn around jumper. Andrew passed very well once again and is really good at spotting cutting while heís posting up. He was also good on the boards where he snatches the ball out of the air with ease. Andrew scored 23 points and grabbed 12 boards while making the all tournament team. 

Russell Johnson (2008, 6-6 SF)
Russell played another good all around game. He brought out his wing skills in this game as he hit a pull up three pointer and a fantastic scoop shot in the lane after beating his man off the dribble. He was streaky from the perimeter. Russell also battled on the inside and cleaned up on the offensive glass like he always does. He finished with 23 points in route to all tourney honors.

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